‘The Art Pilgrim’ – Introduction to Tempera Grassa & Mischtechnik

Foundations in Mischtechnik, the mixed technique of egg tempera and oil glazing.

Visionary and Sacred Art is a realm full of vallies and peaks, with views to enjoy, tribulations to endure, and vistas to expand the mind. Take the journey into sacred country with a guide to some of the principles and history of the field and lineages of visionary art. Gain an appreciation of this field, its meaning, and learn and practice venerable and ancient teachniques to express your creativity, imagination and spirit.

Designed over the past decade in a variety of cross-cultural contexts, this curriculum aims to give firm understanding of the foundation of oil painting and ‘mischtechnik’ – proceeding from the tempera grassa of the 14th century Italian renaissance and through the modern forms leading from proposals by art scientist Max Doerner, and developed through the works of Ernst Fuchs and his students and apprentices.

Bookings open until 1st June
6 week course

Mischtechnik has been disseminated by visionary artists proceeding from this lineage, and inspires painters with its unique approach to form modelling and subtle, opalescent color effects.

Through simple guided exercises this fascinating and venerable painting system will be explained and explored.

Learning outcomes

  • A thorough introduction to the contemporary history of the technique.
  • Gain insight into time-tested principles of oil painting and the materials involved
  • Learn to make and apply ones own egg tempera and oil glazes
  • In depth exercises to gain practical understanding of the principle of underpainting
  • Introduction to principles of ‘world building’ in order to bring forth a world within the painting
  • Optical color mixing – learnt through the traditional red-yellow-blue sequence.

What experience do I need to have to do this course?

Complete beginners are welcome. The workshops are good for beginners and intermediate painters. Often attendees have never painted before. This is not a problem, as the courses are guided at every step!

This is how it works

  1. Apply for the course >
  2. Recieve (upon acceptance to the course and completion of payment) a password that grants access to a calendar, student forum, a list of required materials and other preperation details.
  3. Meet-up as a weekly group on Zoom for teaching and practice of each step.
  4. Study the provided PDF’s and inspirational materials that accompany the weekly group teaching.
  5. Observe the work in progress of the teacher who makes a piece alongside the group. Observe the work of fellow students developing, and ask questions and share thoughts and experiences in the students private FB group.
  6. Check-in with personal one-to-one consultations with your instructor in-between the group meetings.


This course is for a 6 week duration. 6 weeks gives time to integrate the teaching and develop a work of quality. The investment is $260 USD

Daniel Mirante primarily instructs this course (www.danielmirante.com) — an experienced and highly regarded educator in the field of fine art, creativity, and sacred art tradition. His teaching experience stretches over 10 years and includes educational initiatives such as the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art, Visionary Art Australia, and Visionary Art India.
Read more about Daniel Mirante here >

You decide your time commitment ; the more time you have, the larger and more complex and ambitious your piece. However the principles can also be learnt on a smaller piece. You require minimum 6 hours a week to benefit from this course.

Read the Q&A’s to see the technical requirements of online learning (put simply, a functioning computer with camera and microphone, zoom installed, and an internet connection).

Upon acceptance to the course you will recieve a payment link. You will receive the student pack, including logins and links to community, library, introductory study materials, required materials list, and the calendar for group and personal check-in’s.

As well as live group and personal video consultation and email check-ins, the course contains a bounty of inspirational materials, artist case studies, insight into materials and methods, meditations, and strategies and practices to planning your artwork


A selection of artists and students work from past workshops.


“I want to thank you, Daniel, for everything you shared, did and are. I’ve been a meditation teacher for almost 20 years now, and I’ve been around in many kinds of groups for 30 years. Your qualities as a teacher and a group leader are extraordinary to me. I feel immense gratitude for everything I learned from you and all the experiences we shared. The humor you have and display, your inner drive and fire, your fabulous dedication to your role as a teacher and to your students, your playfullness and aliveness, I enjoyed it all so much. “

Linda en Rob

“Learning with Daniel has opened my eyes on many levels… I’ve learned a new way of looking, at other artists’ works as well as my own… a new way of looking into myself as well, which helped me understand where I am on my artistic and spiritual journey; and has reignited a sense of purpose in me.My skill has improved immensely since learning with his old masters’ techniques. He is very articulate and has a talent for explaining ancient and deep knowledge. He possesses so much knowledge and loves to share it. He knows exactly what to say when guiding you to help you think for yourself and what is needed for your own individual growth in achieving great potentials; no matter what skill level you have; alongside his loving encouragement and praise.Thank you Daniel for being my mentor and my friend”


The class helped me discover a deep connection to the visionary world. It gives knowledge of an ancient, sacred approach to painting, and makes you feel in touch with the roots of art. Ainhoa and Daniel don’t just teach you, but guide, support and inspire for an intimate journey with your soul, where you become a creator of your own visionary world. I wish everyone has this experience of this artistic tribe of visionary art.

Era Mira

The workshop was amazing. It felt like stepping back in time, learning the ways of the old masters, including learning how to make our own paint.  I came away feeling inspired and confident and excited to apply the new techniques I had learned.

Malindi Lovegrove

“From the first day Daniel was professional, friendly, warm and welcoming. Daniel knows what it means to lead by example which is part of what I believe makes him such an excellent teacher and human being. Daniel truly embodies what it means to lives an authentic and creative life. This is clearly reflected in his gentle, loving, funny and kind demeanour. In addition to be an all around great guy, Daniel is an incredibly talented artist. An artist who possesses a vast knowledge and understanding of his craft. Daniel has a tremendous amount of patience and love for each of his students. I always felt Daniel shared his wisdom freely without holding back or keeping painting secrets just for himself. I felt that Daniel honestly wants each of his students to become the best artist they are capable of becoming. Daniel is an extremely hard worker, to say the least. Daniel worked longer days then he should have, everyday. Daniel was the life force that carried our class through this intensive process. Incredibly, each student left the course with an absolutely incredible and meaningful piece of art. I can say with full confidence you will leave Daniels workshop a better artist and likely a better human being. Bon’ Voyage!”


I had the honour of attending the Easter retreat with Daniel Mirante, it was an incredible artistic, relational and spiritual experience. I experienced a profound immersion in the traditional principles of the knowledge that comes to us from our predecessors, an alchemical journey from tradition to the new vision, the visionary one. Daniel has been able to guide me with a lot of respect and delicacy in my artistic exploration. what I appreciated most about his guide was the love, passion and humility he puts into artistic practice, into his work. thanks to the sharing of his artistic career, his history and his being, he helped me to better understand how to be a conscious artist, motivating me to grow in this. It was a pleasure to receive his teachings and his profound and wide knowledge in the symbolic / artistic / technical field. and thanks to his incredible vision! so much to learn. This experience has marked an important point in my spiritual artistic journey, thanks Daniel Mirante!”

Dyumna Mercoi